Replacing wire mesh on ramp gate?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by 4curbappeal, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. MOOSE

    MOOSE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 393

    You don't have supports on gate where u drive your equipment. I would add supports where it is collapsed. I did that before we put trailer into action. Trailer builders just throw a couple on there. That is something to always check.
     
  2. BTLS

    BTLS LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 109

    excellent advice on adding support- i'm buying a mesh trailer this week and will have supports added. Man, i'm glad i read this post today. Thanks!- ben
     
  3. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 847

    I've been told it doesn't matter once you star going 45+ mph whether it is mesh or solid since the mesh will act as a solid. I don't know if this is true though.
     
  4. SpruceLandscape

    SpruceLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 502

    just bought a trailer with a 6' x 4' mesh gate, was used, but is just starting to collapse a little. I plan on just pulling the mesh off, adding two more supports, and buying a new thicker sheet of mesh to weld on top. This will let me go ahead and paint the new welds for the supports before the mesh starts to cover them. Just my .o2
     
  5. Chop Stuff Up

    Chop Stuff Up LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 457

    I've heard the same thing.



    I go to mienekee when I need something welded, I'm pretty friendly with them. Catch them when they aren't busy and they'll be more than willing to weld something just for a few extra dollars.
     
  6. NEUSWEDE

    NEUSWEDE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,147

    My advice is this, take a 1 day mig class and find a used mig welder or buy a new one. You can get a good mig that runs on 120V.

    It will come in handy, I have used my mig to fix so many things and fab up so many things that if I didn't have a mig I could never do and would cost me a lot to have someone else do.

    just an idea
     
  7. grassmanak

    grassmanak LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 792

    i just bought a lincoln 135 today, bought it to fix the wire mesh in my ramp, install supports, build some trimmer racks as well.
     
  8. dhardin53

    dhardin53 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 711

    just finished building my 6'3" x 6' folding gate. I got a 4'x10' sheet of expanded for $110.

    I use a miller thunderbolt stick wleder, I found a nice Due Mig at a auction with a full argron tank and gages for $60 Love that Mig.

    mesh foor will eat the wind just as bad as solid. That why i went with a folded gate.
     
  9. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 841

    In my area, the thicker Expanded Metal woudl run about $65 for a 5X10 sheet, then figure on about $75 per hour labor for the trailer shop. So I could easily see it in the neighborhood of $150, before adding extra supports.
     
  10. 4curbappeal

    4curbappeal LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 761

    Thank you!
     

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